What is the current condition of the aura? Looking at apparently spray painted text painstakingly redone in oil paint then turned upside-down, viewers go through a weirdly juvenile brain exercise before they can exclaim, “Holy Shit.” An environment of paper maché monoliths evokes the sublime at the same time that it readily discloses its labored phoniness – right down to the last wad of counterfeit chewing gum, in memory of someone who was never here.
Dan Colen (b. 1979, New Jersey) lives and works in New York. Most recently Colen’s work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial as well as solo presentations at Deitch Projects, New York, Gagosian Gallery, New York and Peres Projects, Los Angeles. Colen’s work is included in several upcoming group exhibitions, including “USA Today”, curated by Norman Rosenthal, The Royal Academy, London; “Defamation of Character”, curated by Neville Wakefield, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; and, “Fantastic Politics”, curated by Andrea Kroksnes, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.
“No Me” featuring Dan Colen will be on view at Peres Projects Berlin (Schlesische Str. 26, Kreuzberg) through November 4th. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For further information or reproductions please contact Margherita Belaief at tel. + 49 30 6162 6962 or margherita@PeresProjects.com or Javier Peres at Javier@PeresProjects.com